Spring greens & gammon soup

Spring greens & gammon soup

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 2 hrs


Serves 4
This rustic broth is deliciously meaty and worth cooking a gammon for, or using up leftover ham

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal350
  • fat12g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre7g
  • protein30g
  • salt3.33g
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  • 450g piece gammon, soaked overnight
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 medium onions, sliced



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  • 2 tsp paprika



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  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into small chunks



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  • 225g spring greens, roughly chopped
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  • 450g can cannellini bean, drained and washed
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  1. Put the gammon in a large pan with the bay leaves, onions and about 1.5 litres of cold water or enough to cover. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for about 1½ hrs.

  2. Drain the gammon, reserving the cooking liquid. When the gammon is cool enough to handle, trim away the skin, and shred the meat.

  3. Return meat to the pan with the reserved cooking liquid, paprika and potatoes. Cover and simmer for 20 mins or until the potatoes are cooked.

  4. While the potatoes are cooking, trim away the stalky bit from the greens and finely shred the leaf. Stir the greens and beans into the stock and continue to cook for about 10 mins until cooked. Season to taste and serve ladled straight from the pan.

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2nd Feb, 2018
Lovely soup. A meal in itself. I used black eyed beans and 50/50 ordinary and sweet potato. It felt really healthy with all those lovely spring greens.
21st Jan, 2013
Absolutely lovely, my other half absolutely loved it!
25th Sep, 2011
Proteaodorata. Put your Gammon in a large saucepan or pot, gently wash it under cold water and then fill the pot with cold water making sure that the Gammon is covered, leave overnight in the fridge, then change the water again in the morning using the same method. I soak Gammon like this for 24 hours to take the salt out of it, so I did my Gammon late Friday night, changed the water in the morning and again left it in the fridge until Saturday night then made the recipe and cooked it in a slow cooker on high until Sunday morning, it was beautifully cooked, then I followed the above recipe but added a few carrots and celery, I took out most of the meat and reserved it as we like big chunks of meat ! I cooked some new potatoes separately and added them 10 mins before the end. Hope this helps ? Baskerville.
6th Apr, 2011
can you please tell me why and how i need to soak the gammon?
31st Jan, 2011
I used sweet potatoes instead very tasty and very filling will definately make this again
foodie is me
22nd Apr, 2010
Love this soup; went down very well with the family.Certainly one to make again.
20th Jan, 2009
What a great soup! The smoky flavour of the paprika perfectly complemented the pork. It was filling, delicious and perfect for winter. It takes a bit long, so I recomend making it on the weekend. I started making it on a Monday evening and just finised it off on the Tuesday. Wasn't sure what winter greens were, so just used baby spinach which was great.
1st Jul, 2008
I didn't expect much from this soup but it was filling and tasty. A quick and easy favourite.
28th Dec, 2016
What weight of LEFTOVER ham (cooked gammon) is needed? Got plenty leftover from Christmas!
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29th Dec, 2016
Thanks for your question. You can use the same weight if you have it. However, we don't suggest boiling it for an hour and a half if already cooked. This recipe also relies on the cooking liquid from the gammon and if you don't have this, it won't be as tasty. We have a good selection of Christmas leftover recipes including some for leftover ham. Hope this helps.
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